The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible REF BS440 .N445 2006
Anchor Bible Dictionary REF BS 440 A54 1992
Both of these dictionaries will frequently have quite detailed articles on key texts, themes, names, etc., as well as brief bibliographies of important scholarly studies on the topics. Perspectives of the authors vary, but tend to fall into more "mainline church"/liberal to middle of the road views.
The Westminster Theological Wordbook of the Bible REF BS 543 W47 2003
Overviews of authorship, canonicity, historical context, literary structure, and more; useful bibliographies included. (Note that the LS--LinkSource--button under each bibliographic entry will work only for journal articles, not books; search our catalog for books that look valuable for your research.)
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels REF BS 2555.2 D53 2013
The IVP Bible Background Commentary : New Testament REF BS2341.2 .K445 1993
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters 1993 (ebook)
These three reference titles are published by InterVarsity Press and generally reflect an evangelical Protestant perspective.
E-book version of a recent two-volume Bible commentary with contributions from 75 major scholars.
The New Interpreter's Bible REF BS 491.2 N484 1994 (12 vols.)
The New Jerome Biblical Commentary REF BS 491.2 J47 1990
Women's Bible Commentary REF BS 491.2 W66 1998
Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible REF 491.3 E37 2003
The Oxford Bible Commentary REF BS 491.3 O94 2001
Four examples of one-volume commentaries; not as much depth as entire books, but useful for a quick overview of a section of text.
The NRSV Concordance Unabridged REF BS425 .K645 1991
A more thorough way to look up each occurrence of a word that is used in this particular English translation of the Bible, helping you to locate pertinent texts and observe a range of the word's uses.
Encyclopedia of Early Christianity REF BR162.2 .E53 1990
Coverage of Jewish history and culture since the Second Temple period, thus providing a useful and different perspective on people, places, and ideas of the early Christian era.
Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL 31 E46 2005 or online here
15 volumes; be sure to use the index volume to find all relevant articles, if you're using the print, or look at the other index entries at the end of each article, if you're using the online version.